Restore AD server after hardware faulty

Recently the AD server configured with raid 5 had hard drive faulty. 2 hard drive was spoiled.

The AD does not have a backup state.

Could the AD restore by creating the same domain name and ip address?
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Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
if this is your only domain controller and you have no backup and is totally broken, then you have no options

the active directory database is on the local machine with all objects and configuration information

building a new server with the same domain name and ip address will do no good with no backup to restore
Nick RhodeIT DirectorCommented:
Without a backup your AD is pretty much botched and you would have to rebuild
Emmanuel AdebayoGlobal Windows Infrastructure Engineer - ConsultantCommented:
Good morning,

Since you don't have any backup you have to reinstall the AD completely, you can still use the same IP and Server name but this does not means that the PC that are joined to the previous domain will be able to log on to the new DC even it still the same name and ip address, this server has got new SID.

You will need to remove the computer from the domain join the domain back.

Also, if you have any groups or GPOs, you will need to set these up again.


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There are companies that can recover the data from failed raid arrays.  Do a google search for raid hard drive recovery and you'll get many options.  Depending on the size and complexity of the network, it may just be easier to rebuild and rejoin.
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